Stephen vs. Seth: Is Duke's Curry Better Than the Golden State One?

Curtis ClontzCorrespondent IIJuly 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  (L-R) Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry of the Duke Blue Devils celebrate with the trophy after Duke won 61-59 against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Early in his college career, Stephen Curry was called "something special." Since that time he has led an unlikely Davidson team to the Elite Eight, scored 30 or more points in his first four NCAA Tournament games, and become a superstar that no one recruited.

It may sound ridiculous, but some think his younger brother could be just as good, if not better, at the sport Steph seemed to perfect at a small school in North Carolina.

So, let's compare a bit.

Our barometer, the freshman year:

Stephen had a very impressive first year. After being ignored from the Tobacco Road giants, Stephen picked Davidson. His coming-out party was in his second game, in which he scored 33 points. At season's end, Steph had scored 730 points and won a handful of awards. The teams in the triangle finally took notice of Dell's Kid.

Seth may have lived in Stephen's shadow for most of his life, but at Liberty there was no shadow. He scored more than 20 points a game and added up 707 points in his first year. Additionally, he led all freshmen in scoring for the season—something brother Stephen couldn't even do. 

In Stephen's second season, he led Davidson to the Elite Eight before losing to the eventual champion Kansas. Seth made a more impressive run, winning a national championship on the bench at Duke.

Seth had no choice but to watch and enjoy the show. He transferred to Duke, and as a result he had to sit out a year. 

Last season Seth Curry did a lot of waiting, watching, and studying. Time after time he looked onto the court knowing he could help his team win. 

Most would look at the down time as a curse. Not Seth; he has been working and the time off could end up being a blessing in disguise.

Think of it this way: Seth has had an entire year to watch his Duke team flourish. He has been on the sidelines for injury, blood, sweat, tears, losing, and winning. He has had time to polish his un-Redick-like shot, but most importantly he has had the chance to grow mentally.

He has had an entire year of on-the-job training and will be ready to go.

This offseason has been dominated by the addition of Kyrie Irving, who could very well could be next year's John Wall. I, for one, hope that is a true comparison, but more so, I hope our John Wall is grouped with our Stephen Curry.

Enjoy the Irving talk, but don't be surprised if a guy named Seth steals some headlines.